Sad: Wisconsin Black Bear Hunters Kill 4,129 Bears in 2020

Melisa Stelzer says her daughter Kylee shot her first bear in Suring on Sept. 13. It weighed 548 pounds. (Photo courtesy of Melisa Stelzer)

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says this year’s bear season was a success for hunters.

Preliminary data shows hunters harvested 4,129 bears during the 2020 Wisconsin black bear season.

That’s an increase from the 3,679 reported in 2019.

“Wisconsin is a national leader in bear hunting, and preliminary registration data shows that to be true once again this year,” said Randy Johnson, DNR large carnivore specialist. “Despite slight reductions in the overall quota and total permits available to hunters, we saw harvest increase by about 450 bears from the previous year. Once again, the data from harvested bears provided by hunters will be critical to tracking bear population trends and establishing future harvest quotas to achieve population management objectives.”

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SOURCE: Fox 11 News